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Anachronisms 

Some establishing shots of Manhattan show the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building under construction. The film takes place in 1922. Construction on the Chrysler Building began in 1928 and on the Empire State Building in 1930.
The pen the Doctor gives Nick is a ball point pen which was not invented until World War II.
The story is set in 1922, but Gatsby's yellow car is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J, Tom Buchanan's blue coupe is a 1933 Auburn 12-165 and almost all of the cars featured in the movie are incompatible for the time period.
The "French" phone shown as they talk about the intrusive unwanted guest calling Tom wasn't invented until about the mid-30's. In 1922, you still had to hold the candlestick phone in one hand and talk into the mouthpiece while holding the earpiece up to your ear.
The movie takes place in 1922, yet they dance the Charleston, not originated until 1923 for a Broadway show, and not popular until mid-1926.
When Gatsby was at Daisy's Louisville home, the opening shot showed him with two ribbons on his chest but in subsequent shots the ribbons were missing. Beyond that, one of the ribbons was the World War I Victory Medal that was awarded to soldiers after the war and clearly this scene was before Gatsby shipped out to France, so there is no way he would be wearing it at this time.
A Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex camera is seen being used to take photographs. The earliest Rolleiflex TLR was invented in 1929 (and the one seen in the movie was made many years later).
During one of the parties at Gatsby's, guests sing "Let's Misbehave," written by Cole Porter in 1927.
Set in the year 1922, in one scene the camera pans and a radio is visible. It is a"waterfall" model produced in 1936 or thereabouts.
Nick turns on a radio while unpacking books when he moves into his house in 1921. The first radio station, KDKA in Pittsburgh, did not go on the air until 1924.
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When Gatsby and Tom take the train to the Valley of Ashes, a steam locomotive is shown, but the Long Island Railroad's Port Washington line which runs from the Island's north shore through Flushing (the actual location of the ash dumps) was electrified in 1918.
The story is set in 1922, but the music playing over the main party is George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue". Even though it is overlaid rather than diegetic, it's inclusion is inaccurate as it was not written until 1924.
In the song "No Church in the Wild" there is a reference to the Rolls-Royce Corniche. This particular model was first produced in 1971, but was first designed in the 1930s (though production was halted because of WWII) while the movie is set in 1922.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the first trip to New York with Myrtle, Tom, Nick is watching a man play the trumpet on the fire escape. The music heard is played by a muted trumpet; yet, no mute is seen.
While Gatsby and Nick drive to lunch, Gatsby's is telling a story. In further shots, however, his mouth is not moving.

Character error 

In the first dinner party, Daisy comments that she's heard a rumor that Nick is to be married to a girl out West. Nick responds, "It's a libel!" As a writer, Nick should have known that the appropriate term is "slander." (Libel is written untruths, slander is spoken untruths.)
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Continuity 

Gatsby gets completely drenched at 4:00 pm when Daisy arrives at Nick's house for tea. When he drops the clock the time in the clock is 4:20 pm but his suit is dry. It is impossible for a suit to dry within 20 minutes.
When Nick discusses the tea invitation with Gatsby in the garden, there is a spot on Nick's left lapel. It disappears in the very last shot.
During Daisy's first visit to Gatsby's house, Nick asks Gatsby about a picture. Daisy hugs Nick from behind, but in the next shot they're at arms length.
When Nick rides with Gatsby in his car, Gatsby passes a truck and waves his hat to him. In the next shot as they make a turn, his hat is on his head. In the next shot, it's in his hand waving to the truck again.
After Nick makes tea, he first hands a cup to Gatsby. In the next shot, a cup of tea appears in Daisy's hand.
When the Doctor is talking to Nick Carraway about writing, the Doctor shows him a notebook with a pen. The pen changes position between shots.
When Tom, Jordan and Nick are driving away from the accident scene the close-ups show Jordan sitting up straight with Nick's arm resting along the back of the seat, but the long shots show Nick's arm loosely around Jordan's shoulder's and her head resting on his shoulder.
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Tom and Nick are at the Gatsby's party and standing at the rail on top of the stairs. As Tom leaves, Senator Gulick is making his way towards Nick from behind but in the next shot, the Senator is nowhere to be seen and all of the guests in the background have changed.
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(at around 47 mins) Nick takes off his hat as he gets into the car, and in the very next shot he takes it off again.
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When Doctor Perkins urges Carraway to write down his thoughts, the pen on the blank page changes position between the three shots.
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When Nick, Daisy, Jordan and Tom are in the parlor, the head footman enters and lifts his arm to announce dinner. His arm is lowered during Daisy's close-up, and then raised again in the overhead shot.
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In the barbershop When Gatsby meets Meyer Wolfshiem, Gatsby's hair-parting switch sides from left to right between shots.
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Errors in geography 

When Gatsby meets Daisy at Nick's cottage, it is 4 pm. Later, they look across the water at Daisy's house in East Egg, with the sun just over it - which would only happen in the morning.

Factual errors 

When Daisy is about to marry Tom, she pulls off the $350,000 pearls he bought her and they scatter all over the floor. An expensive pearl necklace like that would feature individually knotted pearls that would minimize loss of pearls if the silk were to break.
The tenor saxophonist at the Gatsby's mansion party is holding the saxophone incorrectly. The proper way to hold a saxophone is with the left hand on top and the right hand on the bottom. The player in the film is holding the saxophone with the right hand on top and the left hand on the bottom.

Plot holes 

When Nick is finally invited to the party, he tries to find Gatsby but is told by several party-goers that no one has ever seen him and they don't know if he actually exists. Later in the movie,there are flashbacks of newspapers with front page stories of Gatsby buying up New York with several showing his picture as part of the article.

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